March 21. VC won in last major German offensive of WW1. Roll of Honour

The Roll of Honour today is dominated by the records of some of those who fell in the fallback from St Quentin in the German ‘Kaiserschlacht’ Spring Offensive on this day in 1918. 966 men in the 36th(Ulster) Division died in 10 days, 5,000 were taken prisoner. The Victoria Cross was awarded to Edward De Wind from Comber.(Photo). In 1917 John Timoney from Limavady fell with the Saskatchewan Regiment during the preparations for Vimy Ridge. In 1918 Second Lieutenant Edward Burnside, Inst and Queen’s OTC, was killed in action, two months before he turned 20, during the Battle of St Quentin. Lance Corporal Thomas McIlroy, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, of Upperlands, had been awarded the Military Medal. Before joining the colours he was a member of Upperlands Company of the U.V.F., and was connected with Upperlands Loyal Orange Lodge. He died as a result of gas poisoning on 21/03/1918. Aged 23. Thomas Cartmill also died at St Quentin, his body may be one of two unidentified North Irish Horse who lie in the Grand Seraucourt British Cemetery. RAFVR Sergeant William Millar died in 1941 in a mission to drop large mines at the entrance to Brest Harbour. James McCartney from Derry died in Libya serving with the city’s heavy anti aircraft regiment. He is named on the regimental war memorial in St Columb’s Cathedral. Two remarkable accounts are included in today’s Veterans Roll. Joshua Liggett DCM of Portadown served with British forces in The Great War and Canadian in the Second World War. Captain Gerald Jackson Bryan was decorated with the Military Cross during his service with a Commando. He served as general manager of the Londonderry Development Commission between 1969 to 1973.

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